Seventeen Vassar students participated in the Student Turn Toward Peace demonstration in Washington, D.C, where some 2,800 students from all over the country urged President Kennedy not to resume atmospheric nuclear testing.  Despite the taunts of “Young Americans for Freedom” and attempts by reporters for the Communist Daily Worker to engage them, the students remained calm and determined.  “But for the placards,” The New York Times reported, “they might have been queuing up to see a late-in-the-season football game at Harvard Stadium.”
“We’re the right wing among the disarmament groups,” Harvard senior David Ottaway explained, “We’re not pacifists.  We’re not for selling out to the Russians.”     The New York Times